grant donations through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
associate and company donations to local United Way chapters
million pounds of food donated to Feeding America
million pounds of food for disaster relief efforts
When back-to-back hurricanes hit the southern U.S., Perdue Farms responded by committing a total of 2 million pounds of product donations through our partnership with Feeding America.
We sent more than 1 million pounds of food donations to Texas food banks in the Houston area, Victoria and San Antonio, as well as the Houston Independent School District.
We also donated nearly 68,000 pounds of our SPOT FARMS® brand dehydrated dog food.
Our associates also stepped up to help, collecting essential items for Harvey.
We earmarked another 1 million pounds of product donations for Feeding America local member food banks in Florida.
We were able to get truckloads of food donations to the island.
Sonoma Valley Wildfires
The Sonoma Valley wildfires in California hit close to home for our associates and neighbors in Petaluma. We responded at the corporate and local level to support relief efforts in Northern California and to assist our associates and their families.
Through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, we earmarked $20,000 to support recovery efforts of the American Red Cross of California Northwest.
We shipped a truck with more than 43,000 pounds of food products to Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa.
Locally, our ROCKY® and ROSIE® chicken food truck provided thousands of free meals to hundreds of families in shelters and first responders.
South Georgia Relief Efforts
In February 2017, a series of tornadoes displaced thousands of families in South Georgia. We responded by donating 40,000 pounds of chicken to Second Harvest of South Georgia, a Feeding America partner food bank.
Associates pitch in
As the 2017 holiday shopping season kicked off, our associates turned their generosity to the many people in Florida, Texas, California, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and Mexico who were rebuilding their lives after hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes. Through individual contributions, they collected more than $5,400 for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army in the affected areas. The company matched their donations dollar for dollar, bring the total to almost $11,000.
In 2017, for the second year in a row, Feeding America recognized Perdue Farms as a Mission Partner for our donations of more than 5 million pounds of food products.
As part of our 18-year partnership with Feeding America, Perdue Farms is committed to donating a minimum of 2 million pounds annually. In that time, we provided the Feeding America network of community food banks with more than 60 million pounds.
For the 10th year in a row, Perdue truckers, many of them military veterans, participated in National Wreaths Across America Day, delivering more than 25,000 wreaths to cemeteries from New York to Florida on Dec. 16, 2017. Their journey included deliveries to the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md.; the United States Military Academy West Point Cemetery in New York; and Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Since 2007, Perdue drivers have delivered more than 150,000 wreaths.
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Convoy stopped in Salisbury, Md., for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wicomico County War Memorial. Perdue drivers who are veterans themselves placed seven ceremonial wreaths at the war memorial as part of the event.
Perdue truck drivers renewed a 34-year company tradition, delivering a little holiday cheer to residents of the Holly Center, a Maryland state residential facility for people with mental and physical disabilities, through Operation Teddy Bear.
Inspired by the Red Sovine country music hit “Teddy Bear,” Operation Teddy Bear enables Holly Center residents to take a ride with Perdue’s professional drivers. The caravan of trucks, adorned with holiday decorations, navigates residents on an 11-mile loop through Wicomico County.
Perdue drivers with their big rigs have participated in the World’s Longest Convoy in support of the Delaware Special Olympics since the event’s inception in 2003. The company also supported the event with a $10,000 grant through the Perdue Foundation.
Our Responsibility to Our Communities
In addition to our relationship with Feeding America, we support our local food banks through:
Hunger relief is a priority focus for the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, our company’s charitable giving arm. In 2017, the foundation distributed $165,000 in grants earmarked for hunger relief efforts, including:
Perdue Farms once again teamed up with the Delmarva Shorebirds—the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles—and three Delmarva food banks for the annual Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva to deliver a record 180,000 meals across Delmarva communities in 2017.
The 2017 Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva provided the forum to continue the awareness and community engagement that began with Perdue’s sponsorship of the 2011 South Atlantic League Perdue Strike Out Hunger All-Star Game promotions. Since then, the Shorebirds and food banks have embraced the Strike Out Hunger Challenge to generate more than 750,000 meal equivalents for those in need on Delmarva.
To drive the Perdue Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva, Perdue Farms issued a $15,000 challenge grant, which the Perdue Foundation funded. The grant benefited the Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Branch, the Food Bank of Delaware, and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Each of the food banks was required to engage the Delmarva community to raise the equivalent of 10,000 meals in order to claim its equal share of the first $10,000 of the foundation challenge grant. This included any combination of pounds of food collected, funds collected and donated or volunteer hours throughout the duration of the Shorebirds’ season. Additionally, Perdue donated $10 for each time the Shorebirds’ pitchers struck out an opposing batter, up to $5,000.
Perdue Farms supports and encourages the fund-raising efforts of our associates. Many of our facilities lead their communities in fund-raising for agencies such as United Way, March of Dimes and American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Our associates are also active in mentoring and educational programs and environmental groups, serve on the boards of nonprofits, support cultural and civic events, and respond to crises in their communities.
In 2017, Perdue Farms and the Perdue Foundation raised more than $775,000 for local United Way campaigns in our communities.
Our associates are active in mentoring and educational programs and environmental groups, serve on the boards of nonprofits, support cultural and civic events, and respond to crises in their communities.
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Through grants, we strive to support organizations and programs that benefit the communities where our associates live and work. We strive to strengthen our communities by focusing our efforts on education, agriculture, the environment, health and social services, public safety, and fighting hunger and poverty. We also support events that celebrate the heritages and cultures of our communities.
In 2017, the foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to 71 nonprofit community organizations.